“I want my legacy here to be better than what it is now,” Smith said to the Daily News on Tuesday. “The fans are going to chant. They’re going to have fun. We want to put lots of points on the board and give them lots to cheer about, but I just understand that at this position and at this stage of my career, there’s going to be ups and downs," (Aug. 4).
Smith, 24, has committed 41 turnovers through his first two seasons in the NFL. While it's early in training camp, Smith has been praised for his improved ball security (Aug. 4).
But for Smith, just taking care of the football isn't enough for a successful season.
"My goal is to be one of the best,” he said. “When I said it last year, I wasn’t saying that it would happen tomorrow. It doesn’t happen overnight. It never does. It never has for anyone. I’m still developing, but I’ve got to produce. Whether that makes me one of the top five, 10, whatever, the most important thing is that we’re winning games.”
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: Smith has a defiant attitude towards the swathes of criticism that have rained down on him over the course of the past few seasons. Maybe that's the right approach to have. Maybe it's a positive sign that he didn't turn the ball over in camp until yesterday. Maybe this is the year he finally puts it all together. That sums Smith up right now, though, a whole load of maybes.
While there have been some encouraging signs so far, we've seen that from Smith before (and, indeed, from Mark Sanchez before him). The key here will be for him to actually produce in live game action and to bounce back from any adversity he sees, rather than regressing back to some of the mistakes that have plagued his career so far. Confidence is essential for a quarterback, but you also need to know your limitations.
The "I don't want to be average at all" comment within the article is amusing without any context, but it is also very revealing. While it's good that Geno is setting his sights high, he needs to make sure he doesn't try to run before he can walk. If he does, mistakes will follow, and Ryan Fitzpatrick -- a player likely to have a more pragmatic opinion of his abilities -- will be more than happy to jump into the fray.